Policeman remanded in custody for robbery

A police constable was remanded in police custody yesterday by the Accra Circuit Court “One” for attempted robbery.

The accused, Debi Sando of the Accra Regional Patrol Department with two other persons now on the run, attempted to rob an Uber service provider of his Hyundai Matiz SE car on New Year’s Day (January 1, 2018).

He pleaded not guilty and Mr Aboagye Tandoh remanded him until January 8, 2018.

The judge further asked the police to take the accused who is presently on crutches with a broken right leg to hospital for treatment including physiotherapy.

Superintendent Kwaku Bempah, prosecutor, said that the policeman and two accomplices hired the services of Mr Frank Owusu at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle at about 9:30p.m. on January 1, 2018, to take them to Radio Gold at Lartebiokorshie, a suburb of Accra at GH¢15.00.

He said that when the culprits got to the Nkrumah Flats they ordered the victim to stop at a dark place and he did.

He said that Constable Sando who was sitting in front of the car pulled out a pistol and told the driver (Frank Owusu) to surrender else he would be killed whilst the accomplices also held him (driver) behind the steering wheel but he struggled with them and came out through the window.

Supt. Bempah said the accused sprayed pepper into the eyes of the victim while the two accomplices tried to move the car but their effort was in vain.

He said that Frank Owusu who felt his life was in danger, raised an alarm for assistance but the robbers took to their heels only for Constable Sando to be knocked down by another driver who had seen them from afar committing the crime.

The prosecutor said that Constable Sando managed to crawl into a nearby plantain garden but the victim continued shouting for help and people rushed to the scene to arrest the accused to the police station, and later transferred to the Police Hospital for treatment as a result of the injuries he sustained when he was knocked down by an on-coming vehicle.

By Castro Zangina-Tong        

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